Mississippi Valley State University

July 26, 2016

Career Paths

Social workers practice in many different settings that frequently overlap. For instance, a social worker specializing in alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs may be a substance abuse counselor in a rehabilitation center and, at the same time, help organize an after school program in the center's neighborhood to give its children a safe place to play and study. Social work is a broad and diverse profession and is not limited to the areas mentioned below. For further research on careers in social work, visit the NASW website at http://www.socialworkers.org/.

Examples of Career Opportunities in Social Work

Alcohol or Drug Abuse Services

Child Welfare

Family Services

Aging and Gerontological Services


Criminal Justice Systems

Grief/Bereavement Services

Health Care

Medical Services

Mental Behavioral Health

Mental Health

Developmental Disabilities

Public Welfare

Public Assistance

School of Social Work